AN ALBINO woman has gone viral on TikTok thanks to her incredible violet-colored eyes – leaving fans comparing her to a “supernatural being."
Mackenzie Strong, 19, shares videos of herself on the app, where she has built up a following of 400,000 fans.
The student was born with oculocutaneous albinism type 1 A – a condition that affects the coloring of the skin, hair, and eyes.
For Mackenzie, this means having naturally white hair and violet-colored eyes, as well as poor vision.
The 19-year-old's unique features have led to internet fame after she started sharing videos of herself on TikTok.
In one post, Mackenzie zooms in on her face as she lip-syncs to a song, writing: “MY loss? I have naturally white hair, purple eyes, and am 1 in 20,000.”
The popular video racked up 1.8 million likes and was viewed 12.5 million times.
One person commented: “This is honestly so cool bro.”
“The definition is ‘I’m not like the other girls’ and I’m here for it,” said another user.
Someone else added: “You’re actually an angel bruh.” [sic]
“Ok but ur actually fabulous,” agreed another person. [sic]
“Violet eyes are very rare,” someone else said.
One user even compared Mackenzie to a “supernatural being”, while other people said she resembled a “real-life angel”.
“Ur literally unreal what,” one viewer added. [sic]
Another person said: “She screams RARE BEAUTY.”
“You're like a movie character,” someone else commented.
Albinism – which affects one in every 20,000 people – is hereditary, with both of Mackenzie’s parents carrying the gene, giving them a 25 percent chance of having a child with albinism.
“I made my first video in July of 2019 as a joke because all of my friends were making TikToks, and it got 2,000 likes,” Mackenzie told Jam Press.
“I was really shocked because I assumed only my friends would see it, and when I made two more, I got 30,000 likes on both.
“I again was even more blown away because I was just joking about my condition since that’s what I always do.
“I either get the people who make fun of my wiggly eyes, or how pale I am, or I’ll get the people who say ‘embrace your uniqueness’.
“I also get people accusing me of lying about being albino and blind, but I also get people who are albino and or legally blind like myself.
“I enjoy getting DMs from people who tell me I’ve made a difference in their lives, and I’ve gotten that a lot from people who have the same or similar conditions as me.”
Despite her condition affecting her vision – with Mackenzie registered as legally blind – the student is a college-level swimmer and hopes to make the 2024 Paralympic Games.
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